OK- making this brief because I’d rather start blogging about something other than my mental health.
The Unit Administrator and the patient liaison can not do anything more. I wrote to the Primary Care Trust and have not heard back yet. So I decided to tackle my local GP… I am often, even in the worst of times, tenacious.
I printed every email, gathered all my records, and walked to the practice without an appointment. I explained the situation to the receptionist and she managed to get me an urgent same-day appointment with the head doctor. (I would not see the GP who was involved with the referral.) I’ve been to that appointment, have finally seen the refusal letter from Maudsley and have the attention of the head doctor. He’s writing letters this evening and getting my situation under control. He doesn’t understand the referral refusal either and the wording is vague at best. He’s getting to the bottom of it. I believe him. I left his office feeling very positive and hopeful. If I get local psychiatric care first, fine. Give it to me. If they then decide I need Maudsley, cool. Send me. I just need the ball rolling and finally, after some of the deepest lows I’ve ever been through, I’m seeing promise.
I also re-read my evaluation records from the US… turns out they pegged me for bi-polar too. Neato. I knew my depression intertwined with my ADHD and that Adderall XR (the meds I was on for ADHD) can positively affect comorbidities such as depression. No wonder I felt better all around… and bi-polar runs in my family. I am not surprised at finding that in my evaluation notes.
So, progress made.
And now, I need a sandwich. 🙂